Build in naps/downtime
If I could point to one thing that was essential for our trip being so awesome it was this. We made sure our boys napped at the hotel every afternoon. This kept them somewhat on their schedules and made for much better days and nights.
Communicate with your partner/travel group
This is equally as important. Family vacations are all about managing expectations. You have to consistently communicate, especially at Disney. Make sure you are on the same page about rides, food, and what happens next after your plans change
Buy the Memory Maker
Stop at as many as you can. We are huge fans of the memory maker. Disney photopass photographers make it so easy. Try to look for photopass photographers with little to no line. This was totally worth it for us.
Bring water and snacks
Water and snacks, especially if you have toddlers or babies. Make sure to bring some snacks with you for when they get hangry! Puffs are our favorite for babies!
Logistics can take longer than you think
If you are taking buses, monorails, or skyliners, make sure to take some extra time, especially if you have an ADR. You still will have to go through security checkpoints and the front gate, and they usually all have lines, not to mention walking to your destination.
You can’t do it all
Seriously, we went in with this mentality and it really helped us. Disney World is massive. You can’t do it all. Especially with little kids. Make sure to pick and choose and prioritize what is really important to your family.
It will rain.
It’s pretty much a given in Florida. Just be aware and be ready.
Get something to remember the trip
Yes it can be more expensive, but we let our boys pick out stuffed animals. It was a fun little piece of the parks to take home with us.
Try some sort of character experience
Whether it’s getting your picture taken with BB-8 or doing a character meal, these ended up being some of our favorite memories, and we did not expect that going in
Your kids will surprise you
Our boys did AMAZING. Seriously so much better than I ever hoped and dreamed. Kids are incredible.